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August 11, 2014

Mundell Finishes Summer Regular Season With Strong Final Month

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly junior-to-be designated hitter Brian Mundell finished the regular season with the Eau Claire Express of the Northwoods League on a high note.

Hitting just .211 on July 10, Mundell went 37-for-108 (.343) over the final month of the regular season with six home runs and 17 RBI. He finishes the year with a .297 average, four doubles, one triple, nine home runs and 33 RBI.

At the Big League Dreams Game on August 5 in Madison, Wisconsin, Mundell was 3-for-4 with one RBI.

Also playing in the Big League Dreams Game was shortstop Peter Van Gansen, who was 0-for-2 with a pair of walks. Van Gansen also plays for the Eau Claire Express.

For the 2014 season, Van Gansen hit .250 with four doubles, one home run and 24 RBI, collecting 43 hits in 49 games. He stole 18 of 21 bases and had a seven-game hitting streak in July.

Catcher Brett Barbier plays for the Willmar Stingers, who have qualified for the Northwoods League playoffs. Willmar starts a best-of-three series at Mankato on Monday night.

Barbier hit .292 during the regular season ending Sunday, with three doubles, one triple, four home runs and 20 RBI. He stole 12 of 18 bases.

One other Mustang in the Northwoods League has completed his season. Infielder John Schuknecht hit .312 at Rochester with eight doubles, a triple, two home runs and 14 RBI.

Meanwhile, a trio of Mustangs will be playing in the West Coast League playoffs starting Tuesday night.

Pitcher Justin Calomeni is 1-3 with a 4.33 ERA for Corvallis, which plays at Bend on Tuesday. Calomeni has struck out 37 batters in 45 2/3 innings. Infielder Alec Smith is hitting .246 for Corvallis with a double, two triples and eight RBI. He went 9-for-21 (.429) in the last eight games of the regular season to lift his average 37 points.

Nick Suniga, another right-hander, has no record and a 14.85 ERA with Yakima Valley, which hosts Bellingham on Tuesday. Suniga has struck out eight batters in 8 1/3 innings.

Outfielder Kevin Morgan hit .273 for Walla Walla this summer with five doubles, one triple, a home run and 17 RBI. He went 4-for-5 in a game against Kitsap on August 2.

Catcher Jake Lesinski hit .238 for Victoria with five doubles, a home run and 13 RBI.

Several other Mustangs completed their summer seasons a week earlier.

Outfielder Zach Zehner hit .293 for the San Luis Obispo Blues with six doubles, three triples and 16 RBI, stealing eight of eight bases.

Playing for the Conejo Oaks, first baseman Tommy Pluschkell hit .252 with three doubles, a pair of home runs and 10 RBI with four stolen bases while incoming freshman Michael Gomez was 3-3 on the mound with a 4.99 ERA, striking out 35 batters in 39 2/3 innings.

Infielder Ryan Drobny hit .256 for the Menlo Park Legends with four doubles, a triple, four home runs and 11 RBI while Ondrej Sebek, a redshirt last season at Cal Poly, was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in five appearances on the mound for the Alameda Merchants.

Five future Mustangs played for Dan Marple's North County Indians (33-8-1) this summer, led by Johnny Balliet with a .421 average. Balliet, 32-for-76 at the plate, banged out seven doubles and a triple, driving in 19 runs and stealing 13 of 16 bases.

The other four are pitchers. Alex Gironda finished 2-1 with a 0.50 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 18 innings while Erich Uelman had no record but six saves and a 0.60 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 15 innings.

Kyle Smith was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, striking out 15 batters over just 10 1/3 innings, while Jarred Zill made three appearances on the mound and had no record and a 5.62 ERA.

Several Mustangs were shut down for the summer, including pitchers Casey Bloomquist, Taylor Chris, Michael Dingilian, Slater Lee, Bryan Granger, Jearl Jesson and Danny Zandona, along with outfielder Jordan Ellis.

Photo of Brian Mundell courtesy of the Rochester (Minn.) Post-Bulletin